By Sherry Pasquarello,WWH/CJE –
Yes indeed, the ACA upheld AND marriage equality throughout our land! It was a week filled with highs, and lows as the funerals for the church members murdered by that white homegrown terrorist were laid to rest under the shadow of the confederate flag.
Me? I have some things to say. First off, make no mistake about it; the Republican Party is thrilled that the ACA was upheld. Oh, they will bitch and moan and use it in their political campaign rhetoric but they had NOTHING to replace it and it would have cost millions upon millions to even try. AND they knew they would have to replace it. If they did nothing it would have cost their beloved health insurance giants big time profits and it would have sent the uninsured back to flooding the ERs across this country. Remember how most of us complained about going to the ER for emergencies and having to sit in a waiting room full of sneezing and coughing patients that could have been and should have been seen by a family doctor? ER visits cost taxpayers far too much for colds and flus and maladies like pink eye.
As for marriage equality- it’s way past time for it. From a purely economic position it is a great thing for our economy. For those of us that have never seen the sense OR the humanity in preventing people in love from getting married it was a week to celebrate. NOW, to prevent the other discriminatory laws that can let an employer fire anyone for being gay or a landlord to evict a tenant for being gay! For those out there that have a religious objection- no one, I repeat- NO ONE has ever said that they were going to force any Pastor or Rabbi or what have you to conduct a religious ceremony so STOP using that as a talking point. You are lying and that is one of those Ten Commandments you fight so hard to have in public spaces. You are free to teach your beliefs but you are NOT free to force them into laws that govern all of the rest of us. If you insist on politicking from the pulpit then I think you should be taxed. That goes for any political opinions even the ones I agree with.
That last one, the confederate flag. I haven’t liked it for quite some time. I will admit that when I was younger it didn’t really bother me as much as it should have. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh and so for many years we never really saw it displayed anywhere except at Gettysburg in the museum. When country music became big the flag was seen more and more and I, like a lot of others just took it as a Southern thing. Sort of along the lines of seeing folks with an Italian flag crossed with the American flag, or any other nationality with our American flag. We are a nation of immigrants.
But, the confederate flag isn’t a flag from “the old country”. It’s one of the flags of a failed attempt to leave the United States, of declaring WAR on the United States. It’s not something to be proud of- unless you’ve decided to give up on the Constitution and the United States and working within our laws. If so, I hope that you’ve settled on how your new country will be governed and all of your agencies will be run. Oh, and good luck with your next natural disaster!
Yes, I know that some people claim that flag is just a symbol of pride but even though I have read the thoughts of the man that created that flag and he was very outspoken as to his assertion that the white man was naturally superior to the black man; I will take it as truth that some people did not know what that man said the flag represented. Well, they do now- or they should. Besides the fact that the South lost – every Black man, woman and child is just as much an equal citizen of the state where they live. They shouldn’t have to still be subjected to that flag or ANY version of that flag being flown in government buildings. If someone wants that flag in their home or flying from a flagpole on their property they are welcomed to do so. Just be honest in the reason you are. Just as a Native American and oddly, a Buddhist sign as well, was turned into the vile and hateful Nazi swastika ; so too has the confederate flag’s meaning changed. You might never have thought the confederate flag was racist but it is now.
One other thing, I’ve heard that Christie will be climbing into the clown car on Tuesday. That’s what? Fourteen? We should be so embarrassed.